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Bread and Roses (2000)

Two Latina sisters work as cleaners in a downtown office building, and fight for the right to unionize.

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Pilar Padilla ...
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Bert
Monica Rivas ...
Simona
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Mayron Payes ...
Ben
Maria Orellana ...
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Melody Garrett ...
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Ella
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Juan (as Eloy Mendez)
Elena Antonenko ...
Maria
Olga Gorelik ...
Olga
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Storyline

Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed supervisor can fire workers on a whim, and the service-workers' union has assigned organizer Sam Shapiro to bring its "justice for janitors" campaign to the building. Sam finds Maya a willing listener, she's also attracted to him. Rosa resists, she has an ailing husband to consider. The workers try for public support; management intimidates workers to divide and conquer. Rosa and Maya as well as workers and management may be set to collide. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Balance Of Power Is About To Change.

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Rated R for strong language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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25 October 2000 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£37,890 (United Kingdom), 4 May 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,662, 13 May 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$525,738, 8 July 2001
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Trivia

Adrien Brody signed on without a script, because he trusted the director Ken Loach. See more »

Quotes

Sam: We want bread. But we want roses too.
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Referenced in S.P.U.N.G: Bara man vill så går det (2002) See more »

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Brody's Appeal Perks Up This NORMA RAE for Hispanic Janitors

As Sam Shapiro, a labor activist who helps Hispanic janitors in an L.A. office building to form a union, Brody's blend of earnestness and mischief really livens up this well-meaning, sometimes moving, occasionally didactic Ken Loach film. Brody's beard and bedhead make him look especially cuddly; no wonder engaging heroine Pilar Padilla eventually drags him into a closet for some hot and heavy nookie! :-) (My husband also remarked that all that hair made Brody's prominent proboscis look, well, less prominent -- not that Brody's noble nose ever bothered me, thank you very much! :-).


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